Admissions Process and Criteria | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Admissions Process and Criteria

The Admissions Office team is here to help you make the application process as smooth as possible. If at any point you feel lost and are not sure what to do, please contact our office.

The application process is quite simple:

  • STEP 1 - Submit an application via AUIS mobile app.
  • STEP 2 - Take the English language placement test at AUIS (free of charge) or submit an official English language test result (IELTS, TOEFL). Certain students are exempt from the language exam. See below under the category that applies to you.
  • STEP 3 - Sign the study contract and pay the non-refundable admission deposit of 500$.

 Select a category below to learn more in depth about the Admissions process and requirements relevant to your case.

Application deadlines for the 2023/2024 academic year


Application Deadline

Start of the Semester

For the APP program

November 9, 2023

February 14, 2024

November 12, 2023

February 15, 2024

For the Undergraduate program

Rolling admissions with the fall deadline on October 31, 2023 and the spring deadline on January 31, 2024

November 5, 2023 February 4, 2024

Students from local public and private schools must fill and submit the application to study at AUIS via the MyAUIS mobile app to start the application process. Students also must take the AUIS Placement Test (free of charge) to determine their English language skills. Based on the placement test score, students will be divided into two different categories:
Academic Preparatory Program (APP) students: 
Students who need English language courses before entering the Undergraduate program will be placed into the appropriate level based on their placement test score. Each level consists of 10 weeks.

  • Foundations: The student needs to study 4 levels of English language
  • Level 1: The student needs to study 3 levels of English language
  • Level 2: The student needs to study 2 levels of English language
  • Level 3: The student needs to study only 1 level of English language
Undergraduate Program (UG) students: 
Students can place directly into the UG program with a minimum score on the AUIS Placement Test and do not require any APP courses.
*Students can be exempt from APP courses with a minimum score of 72 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS academic exam.
**Local applicants from international schools are exempt from taking the AUIS Placement Test

AUIS accepts high school certificates according to the regulations and requirements set by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). In order to enroll at AUIS, students who graduate from international schools inside Iraq are required to first equalize their high school certificate at the KRG Directorate of Exams (Azmoonakan office) in Erbil. To begin the process, students are required to first apply to study at AUIS. The AUIS Admissions department then will issue a support letter to the student along with the completed application form which must be submitted together at the Azmoonakan office in Erbil.

*Local applicants from international schools are exempt from taking the AUIS Placement Test.

AUIS enrolls students from all 19 Iraqi governorates, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. All applicants must complete an English proficiency exam to be admitted, regardless of nationality. Students can submit official score reports for the following tests: 
  • TOEFL IBT (only official ETS providers)
  • IELTS (only official British Council providers) 
  • Official AUIS Placement Test 
After completing the application via the MyAUIS mobile app, students must then submit an approved English language test score report (see above). Students who graduate from international schools outside Iraq are also required to equalize their high school certificate at the KRG Directorate of Exams (Azmoonakan office) in Erbil in order to enroll at AUIS.

Transfer students must complete the following steps to transfer credits from another institution to AUIS:
  1. Submit a complete application via the My AUIS Mobile App
  2. Submit an official university transcript (physical copy) to the Registration and Student Records Office; or send a pdf of the official transcript via email to [email protected]

Applicants should allow 1-3 weeks for a response for a transfer credit request. Transcripts are reviewed by the relevant academic department chair and Registrar.

University students from across the world are eligible to study abroad at AUIS. Study abroad is available for regular semesters (fall or spring), a full year, and/or intensive terms (summer or winter).

Studying abroad at AUIS offers students a unique opportunity to experience life in Sulaimani and Iraqi Kurdistan while completing English-language, international-quality university coursework. To date, students from all over the world, including Denmark and Germany, have completed terms at AUIS.

In order to be eligible for study abroad, you must:
  1. Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at university outside of Iraq
  2. Be proficient in English (either in the form of completed English-language university coursework and/or official TOEFL iBT, IELTS score)

Transferring Credits 
Transferability of credits varies depending on a student’s home institution; transfer credits will determine the final outcome of the transfer process. Students interested in study abroad at AUIS should check with their home institution before applying. AUIS’s coursework is detailed in the Academic Catalog. Questions may be directed to [email protected].

How to Apply
To apply for study abroad at AUIS, interested students must send scanned pdf copies of the following documents to Wala Talib, Admissions Record Coordinator at [email protected]
  1. Study Abroad Application
  2. Official enrollment verification from home institution
  3. Passport
  4. Proof of English proficiency (official transcript demonstrating completion of English courses or official score report of TOEFL iBT, IELTS)
*Students are not required to equalize their certificates for the Iraqi system in order to be eligible for study abroad.